Ten pioneers in online video journalismPosted: February 26, 2011
Part One – Narrative freedom
One of the great advantages of online video journalism is that it allows you to break away from the constraints of television journalism.
The internet provides a space for greater creativity, experimentation and variety.
Perhaps most significantly, online video journalism is not restricted by the reporter-led TV formula. (A formula that is well explained in Charlie Brooker’s now infamous How to Report the News.)
But experimentation with form, as Westbrook points out, should not detract from quality. There are several key rules surrounding form that can be broken, but certain fundamental rules must be adhered to.
Here are five sites that show exactly how online video journalism allows for a more artistic form of visual storytelling than its television counterpart.
This channel contains some excellent shorts, each one is a two-minute treat. There’s also information about some of the filmmakers.
A Cup of Tea (below) – a look at Sri Lanka tea makers. Stunningly shot.
Debtris – a very original approach to data journalism
This is a US-based organistation. It consists of 30 local community newspapers, but its blip.tv channel has a wide variety of video reports.
Recommend (click on the links below):
This year’s winner of the RTS Camera Operator of the Year Award. As you’d expect, his videos contain some exceptional camerawork. He works for AP and is based in Bangkok.
Rising Waters – Pakistan Floods 2010 (see website)
Foot Patrol (below)
4. Harmit Kambo
In most of his films, he uses stills accompanied by first-hand witness accounts. But some films do include video footage.
Watching the Detectives (below)
5. video .fu
Adam Westbrook’s Vimeo channel collates a pool of films by different producers that exemplify the creative art of online video journalism.
The Sartorialist (below)
In the second part of this series, I shall look at some of the most well known online video journalism channels and will give an overview of their style and content.